Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Conspirator (♦♦♦♦)

This incisive drama directed by Robert Redford (Ordinary People), recounts the events leading to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by Confederate sympathizers, and the ensuing investigation to capture and bring to justice “all” the participants involved in the conspiracy.

Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy, Atonement), a young lawyer and Union Army captain during the Civil War, is entrusted by a Maryland Senator (Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton) with the defense of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright Penn, Forrest Gump), a woman who had run the boarding house where most of the conspirators met and plotted Lincoln’s assassination. Mary’s fate seems to be predetermined considering the public’s condemnation of the events and the Secretary of War’s (Kevin Kline, Dave) desire to set an example out of her to heal the nation. The trial takes place before a military tribunal, which seems inclined to condemn her from the beginning despite inconsistent testimonies suggesting that she may be innocent.

Despite not being an unforgettable movie, I thought this one was very good. The cast delivers wonderful performances, though it’s hard to care for most of the characters. The outcome of the trial was ironic--regarding Mary Surratt-- compared to the revelations made at the end of the film, which made the words of the prosecutor ring true: “In times of war, justice is silent.”